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Where Tank Girl meets Snoopy

The 16s, by Tank Girl co-creators Jamie Hewlett and Alan C Martin

He's best known for the cult comic book character Tank Girl and as the co-creator of the pop band Gorillaz - but here's a piece of work by feted designer Jamie Hewlett that, until now, hadn't been published.

The 16s is one of Hewlett's comic strip creations with writer Alan C Martin, who e-mailed the above example after the Magazine's request for readers' cartoons.

Martin describes the strip as the pair's answer to Peanuts.

"It's an eternal summer, always set outdoors, with archetypal characters. And it looks like the missing link between Tank Girl and Gorillaz."

The strip was born in the aftermath of Tank Girl's troubled transition from printed page to cinema screen, in 1995. The film received a critical mauling.

Phill Jupitus' cartoon

"It was the final thing we did together before we all ran away screaming after the Tank Girl film," says Martin, who has recently resurrected the Tank Girl, though without Hewlett on drawing duty.

The 16s' characters include Earl Monkey, Marcel, who Martin describes as "an archetypal French man"; Barney, who appeared in Tank Girl; and Nutball, a chameleon.

"The 16s was a name that I'd had kicking around for a long time, taken from glam-band The Sweet's single The Six Teens. It had nothing to do with the strip or characters, but seemed to fit nicely."

The example above is one of 20 previously unpublished strips that make up the 16s, which will appear in a retrospective of Hewlett and Martin's work, called The Cream of Tank Girl, to be published in October.

Among the other four-panel cartoon strips submitted by readers are the following:

http://www.inaneblabbering.com/comic/

^^ Explaining the strip which appears on his website Inane Blabbering, Dale Thomas says: "Despite minimalist art style and subtle humour, it has been well-received and has a number of loyal fans.

Lego-based comic Grunts, by Doctor Sinister

^^ Doctor Sinister says of Lego-based cartoon Grunts: "[It's] part of a series I've been making. Sometimes they are topical, like this one."

Newspaper Man by Simon Kewer

^^ Pooper Scooper by Simon Kewer.

Straight

^^ Straight: written by Mike Carey; drawn by Dave Windett.

Overleaf

^^ Overleaf by Chris Meade.




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